Read a Test to Students without Saying a Word!


I’ve always thought there would be some very cool educational applications for QR codes.  I’ve make QR scavenger hunts that are fun for students while being great learning activities.  There is an example of a Quadrilateral Properties Scavenger Hunt Activity at:

NAPMATHqrCodeBut today… I think that I have very helpful application for ELL / ESL students,  students with special needs, and for teachers that need to be in many places at once.  My students didn’t like to leave the classroom to have tests read to them.  They didn’t like being singled out.  My mission was to figure out how to get them the help they needed while keeping them in the classroom with their peers.

QR Codes, Mobile Devices, Assessments, and Empowering Students

With more and more students and schools having access to mobile devices, technology can help out when students need a test read for them.  They can listen to the questions as many times as they need to and move at their own pace.

Prepare the Test

What is needed to MAKE the quiz or test:

  1. Create your test as usual, leaving a place to enter a QR code.  See/download a sample assessment below.
  2. Access or another site that allows you to record the question and save it to a website as RecordMP3 does.  RecordMP3 is very user friendly and does everything you need it to do with ease!  You can use it for other things, but that’s another post.  Record your voice, reading a question as clearly as possible. (Okay you got me! You do have to talk but not during the test and your voice can be “on demand” by multiple students at once!!!!)
  3. Use a microphone to make your recordings as clear as possible.  Make a document (and/or add the website to the test) and save each questions’ websites – make sure to label them to make them easy to find again in order to create your QR codes.
  4. Access  a QR Code Generator like that will allows you to enter the web address for your each of your recordings and generate the QR code for each of your recordings/questions.  Copy the web site for each questions’ recording and paste it into the QR generator and generate a QR code for the web site for the recording of each question, one at a time.
  5. Paste the QR code into the document and continue until all questions have a QR code.  Save the document each time as you enter codes.

 SampleQuizDownload this sample quiz as a

Give the Assessment

What students need to TAKE the quiz or test:

1. A copy of the quiz or test and writing device (if taking this as a paper/pencil assessment).

2. A device (such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.) with a QR Reader such as the

3.  Earphones

Practice makes perfect

Now it’s time for students to take the assessment.  Before students take an assessment for the first time, give them some practice examples with QR codes until they are comfortable with the process.  You could use the sample quiz or make some review questions that take them to websites, to voice recordings, or other activities on the web.

Individualize the experience

To allow the students to remain in class during the assessment, have them use headphones so they won’t bother students near by.  Now you have EMPOWERED your students to complete their assessments on their own!!!!

One final idea for all your assessments!

Oh… one final thought – wouldn’t QR codes be great for making different forms of a test for all of your students, with or without voice recordings? Try for making QR codes for just text entries.  You might still need to include the figures for some of your questions, but Classtools makes it easy to get the QR codes!

Websites used:

Additional resources for QR codes


About napmath

I recently retired from full-time teaching. I taught students in High School math classes from Basic Math through AP Calculus. I have been into integrating technology into my classes since 1981. I am Nationally Board Certified, am the proud recipient of a Presidential Award of Excellence in Math Teaching, text book author, Golden Apple Scholar, Certified SMART Board Trainer, Regional Technology Teacher of the Year, and give workshops across the country - geometry, Common Core, mathematics, Interactive Whiteboards, and technology. I am currently working as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University and authoring books for SMART Boards and Promethean Boards with Vision Technology.
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